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Book review: Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

Posted in Authors, Books, crime writers with tags , , , , , , on May 13, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Michael Joseph [Publication date 27.06.19]

The blurb…

Everything changed the night Flora disappeared.

Heather and Jess were best friends – until the night Heather’s sister vanished.

Jess has never forgiven herself for the lie she told that night. Nor has Heather.

But now Heather is accused of an awful crime.

And Jess is forced to return to the sleepy seaside town where they grew up, to ask the question she’s avoided for so long:

What really happened the night Flora disappeared?

This is the second book by Claire Douglas that I have read and she is now on my ‘must read’ authors list. The story is told from various characters’ viewpoints and the story also switches from present day to the past, however it is not too difficult for the reader to keep up with it all!

I particularly like the reporter Jess’s character as she faces some tough choices when reporting on the case as she is personally and emotionally involved.

If you enjoyed TV dramas such as ‘Broadchurch’ I would heartily recommend this book as each of the main characters have a skeleton or two in their closets and these impact on the story as the book progresses.

Highly recommended.

Book review: Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas

Posted in Authors, Books with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Michael Jospeh (Published 09.08.18)

The book blurb says…
After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family. And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic. But then their first guest arrives. Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see. It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life? Is Selena running from something too? Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .

The trick with is book is it is part thriller, crime and a touch of the supernatural all melded into a highly readable book. You certainly empathise with the main character Kirsty who is helping her husband recover from a breakdown and raising a young family.

The book opens on the day of her seeing her monther with blood  on her hands… The plot then goes back in time before this day and you get various characters coming into play. Although a crime has been committed it is not a police procedural, more an edge of your seat psychological thriller.

Although when reading the book you do wonder how one family could have so many skeletons in the closet, it is all believable. Claire Douglas should certainly be on your reading list.